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June 23, 2020
On 48th Anniversary of Title IX, California Bans Travel to Idaho
BOISE, Idaho – Family Policy Alliance of Idaho – a pro-family ministry – honors the 48th anniversary of Title IX, the federal law protecting equal access to educational and athletic opportunities for girls, with the launch of its #SaveGirlsSports campaign. The campaign promotes policies like Idaho’s new “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act,” which ensures girls’ sports are reserved for biological girls. But while Family Policy Alliance of Idaho is grateful for laws like Idaho’s, others are determined to shame the state for its pro-woman stance.
Just yesterday, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra banned taxpayer-funded travel to Idaho because he disagrees with the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act. For the same reason, the ACLU is also pressuring the NCAA to relocate the 2021 Men’s Division I Basketball Championships, which is currently scheduled to be held at Boise State University’s ExtraMile Arena.
“It’s a surprising move to make the day before the anniversary of Title IX,” said Blaine Conzatti, Director of Advocacy for Family Policy Alliance of Idaho. “Title IX was designed to protect women’s opportunities, and one of the key ways it’s been used to accomplish that is through giving women their own sports teams. The Fairness in Women’s Sports Act protects the spirit of Title IX by ensuring that girls’ sports are reserved for girls.”
Title IX played a significant role in women’s sports participation. Prior to its passage, only one in 27 girls played sports. Today, thanks to Title IX, nearly two in five girls play sports. Conzatti believes that’s a precedent we should continue to build on.
“Girls deserve fair play and equal opportunities in sports today just as much as they did in 1972 when Title IX was implemented. California liberals and the ACLU are sending the message that female athletes who don’t want to compete against biological men are ‘bigoted’ and ‘intolerant.’
“In reality, they just want to compete in sports on a level playing field. This gaslighting of Idaho girls needs to stop. There is nothing discriminatory about laws that protect fair play and equal opportunities for female athletes.” Conzatti concluded.
Family Policy Alliance has launched the #SaveGirlsSports social media campaign to bring attention to great progress female athletes have made since the advent of Title IX in 1972. More information about the campaign can be found at the campaign’s webpage.
Robert Noland, (719) 308-2822, Media@FamilyPolicyAlliance.com
Family Policy Alliance works to advance biblical citizenship and promote good public policy that protects religious freedom, families, and life.